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Billie Eilish Issues An Apology After Anti-Asian Slur Video Resurfaces
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Billie Eilish Issues An Apology After Anti-Asian Slur Video Resurfaces


Billie Eilish issued an apology this week after a video of her mouthing the lyrics to a song with an anti-Asian slur surfaced.

On Monday, the seven-time Grammy winner posted a lengthy statement to her Instagram stories in which she addressed the contentious video, which went viral after being uploaded to TikTok and other social media platforms.

“There’s a video edit going around of me when I was 13 or 14 where I mouthed a word from a song that I didn’t realize at the time was a derogatory term used against members of the Asian community,” she wrote. “I am appalled and embarrassed and want to barf that I ever used that word. This song was the only time I’d ever heard that word as it was never used around me by anyone in my family.”

“Regardless of my ignorance or age at the time, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful,” she added, “and I am sorry.”

Billie Eilish apologizes for using an anti-Asian slur in a resurfaced video pic.twitter.com/dzeMzHzJoQ — Pop Base (@PopBase) June 22, 2021

The compilation video features Eilish singing along to Tyler, the Creator's 2011 song "Fish," which includes the lyrics: "Slip it in her drink, and in the blink of an eye, I can make a white girl look chink."

In her note, the singer also addressed a segment of the video in which she appears to be speaking in an accent that some perceived as disrespectful to Asian people.

“It is absolute gibberish and just me goofing around, and is in NO WAY an imitation of anyone or any language, accent, or culture in the SLIGHTEST,” she wrote. “Regardless of how it was interpreted, I did not intend for any of my actions to have caused hurt to others, and it absolutely breaks my heart that it is now being labeled in a way that may cause pain to people hearing it.”

The announcement comes as Eilish prepares to release her new album, "Happier Than Ever," on July 30. The follow-up to 2019's "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" features the songs "My Future" and "Your Power," both of which have already charted in the top ten on Billboard.

However, the album's early stages have not been without controversy. The music video for "Lost Cause," which was released earlier this month, depicted Eilish at a slumber party with a group of women.

The singer promoted the video on Instagram with the caption "I love girls," prompting some to accuse her of "queerbaiting."

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